How to Make Golf Club Covers

By Josh Baum

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If you're inclined to write off golf club covers as unnecessary novelty items, consider the value of your entire set of clubs. Most sets cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, so it's definitely an investment worth protecting. Club covers can protect your clubheads from nicks, moisture and rusting. But you don't need to spend top dollar on retail; you can easily make your own from inexpensive materials.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
  1. Select and buy your materials. This is one of the most important steps, because you'll want to choose a fabric that is durable, non-abrasive and ideally water repellent. Good choices are heavy canvas, denim and upholstery fabric. You'll need about three square feet of fabric per cover. You'll also need one tube sock per cover. These are usually very inexpensive when purchased new, but this project is a great chance to recycle older, worn tube socks that are clean and in fair condition.
  2. Lay your fabric flat and face-down on a working surface. Use a yardstick and felt pen to draw the pattern onto the fabric then carefully cut it out with fabric scissors.

    Cut one of these pieces for every club cover you want to make. To save time, you can cut out one pattern and then simply trace around it for the subsequent pattern outlines.
  3. Fold and glue each pattern into a three-dimensional slipcover. To do this, you should only need to squeeze a single line of fabric glue along the back of each of the 14-inch sides. Carefully fold the pattern so that you can glue each of the 6-inch side flaps to the bottom of the 14-inch sides, then carefully fold the remaining length of the 14-inch sides onto the 8-inch sides. Practice this folding pattern without glue before trying it with glue. You may also find it easier to glue each side as you go rather than making both lines of glue first.
  4. Use scissors to cut each tube sock just above the heel so that you're left with the ribbed "neck" of the sock.
  5. Tuck the open side of a fabric slipcover into the cut end of the tube sock neck. Push the slipcover in so that about 2 inches of it are inside the sock.
  6. Peel back the cut end of the sock a little at a time, apply some fabric glue to the inside edge and press it back down onto the slipcover. Hold the sock and slipcover together until the glue is strong enough to hold, then continue moving around the circumference of the sock opening, gluing as you go.
  7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 with the remaining slipcovers and socks.
  8. Label the tops of the club covers with stick-on decals so you'll be able to quickly choose the club you want. For instance an 8-iron, 3-wood, putter and sand wedge might be labeled 8I, 3W, P and SW.

About the Author

Josh Baum is a freelance writer with extensive experience in advertising and public relations. A graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Journalism, Baum writes targeted, optimized Web copy, print advertisements and broadcast scripts for advertising agencies, publishers and Web developers throughout the United States and Canada. He lives and works in Chicago, ll.